James Baskett

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

James Baskett was born in Indianapolis, Indiana back in 1904. His dream was to be pharmacist however he abandoned his plans due to financial reasons. He moved to New York City where he found work as an actor. He performed with legends like Louis Armstrong on Broadway and Bill Robinson.

He moved to Los Angeles where he had a supporting role in Straight to Heaven (1939). He also appeared in several bit parts until 1944 when he joined the cast of Amos n’ Andy. That lasted until 1948. It wasn’t until he auditioned for a bit part in 1945 that forever changed his life.

That performance led to him receiving an Honorary Academy Award.

For you see James stared in the 1946 movie Song of the South, he portrayed Uncle Remus singing the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah. For that performance, he was the first black male performer to receive an Oscar.

Suffering from poor health due to diabetes and suffering a heart attack, he died of heart failure in 1948, he was only 44.

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I'm stunned, James, that I had no clue about James Baskett and never heard his name. And I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Feb 11, 2019 04:25 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good mornking James. While I may not recognize the name, I am familiar with his work, especially him as Uncle Remus! A talented man. Enjoy your day!

Feb 11, 2019 04:39 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I have seen the movie but the name was not remembered.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 11, 2019 04:40 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

It is amazing that we think we know everything and you come along to teach us that there is so much that we don't know.

Feb 11, 2019 04:49 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Soooo sad, a life cut really short. I enjoyed this.

Feb 11, 2019 05:47 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have heard of his work, but never witnessed it myself, nor knew his name.  I enjoy learning about these people though!

Feb 11, 2019 05:55 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I remember the song well and now I can place some context to it. He had too short a life. 

Feb 11, 2019 06:10 AM #7
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Vintage history James Dray but like most of your posts it's news to me. 

Feb 11, 2019 07:01 AM #8
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Wonderful story, James.  So sad that we lost this pioneer at such a young age.

Feb 11, 2019 07:20 AM #9
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I remember Uncle Remas and of course the song will be stuck in my head all day long James Dray 

Feb 11, 2019 07:23 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I remember his kind performance of this when I was a child. It stuck in my memory to this day.

Feb 11, 2019 07:36 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I had no idea of this performer.  Thank you for the enlightenment.  Wishing you a great week.  A

Feb 11, 2019 12:11 PM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

There are no small parts only huge opportunities to take advantage of. James seized the day when given the chance.

Feb 11, 2019 02:23 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Oh James- how sad that he died at such a young age.   

Feb 11, 2019 06:04 PM #14
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Thanks James for point this out to us, it is so bad that he pass at should a young age.

Feb 12, 2019 06:48 AM #15
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Yes,  James Dray ,  I remember the 1946 'Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah'  as well as the WWII 1943 equally catchy tune, 'Mairzy Doats and Dozy Doats and Liddle Lamzy Divey,  A Kiddley Divey too, Wouldn't you?'

Feb 14, 2019 04:13 PM #16
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